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It continues.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Gay, lesbian groups meet Ford over ad flap

December 13, 2005

BY KEN THOMAS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Gay and lesbian organizations asked Ford Motor Co. on Monday to reinstate advertising for its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications and to distance itself from an antigay group that had boycotted the automaker's vehicles.

Ford officials met with leaders of the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and other organizations in Washington, D.C., after the automaker said last week its luxury brands would no longer advertise in gay publications.

The move came nearly a week after the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association canceled its Ford boycott, which started in May amid criticism that the nation's No. 2 automaker was too gay-friendly.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said Ford was asked to "make a very strong statement" disassociating itself from the AFA while reinstating the Jaguar and Land Rover advertising in gay media.

Ford has said it did not make the decision because of the boycott or pressure from conservative Christian groups.

It said Jaguar and Land Rover, part of Ford's Premier Automotive Group, cut back on its marketing across-the-board because of difficult market conditions.

Premier Automotive Group posted a pretax loss of $108 million in the third quarter.

Ford said in a statement it was "always willing to engage in constructive conversation with those interested in our policies, even with those who don't always agree with them. But only Ford Motor Company speaks for Ford Motor Company. Any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect."

The automaker said that, "during these budget-tightening times, our brands must make tough choices where to advertise and how to spend limited sponsorship dollars."

The statement does not mention the AFA.

Ford said last week its Volvo brand would continue to advertise in gay publications. The automaker has not advertised its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands in similar outlets.

Ford Chairman and CEO Bill Ford said in a statement, "We value all people -- regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and cultural or physical differences."

Ford told gay rights leaders that it had not made any deal with the AFA to end the automaker's advertising of Jaguar and Land Rover in gay media.

"They said they felt a need to respond to their Southern dealers, and their Southern dealers were very concerned about a boycott," Solmonese said.

AFA Chairman Donald Wildmon said in a Nov. 30 statement that the group was ending its boycott, noting that, "while we still have a few differences with Ford, we feel that our concerns are being addressed in good faith and will continue to be addressed in the future."

GLAAD President Neil Giuliano, who also participated in the meeting, said "the perception in the gay community is that Ford Motor Co. has made a deal with our virulent adversary and we're not happy about that and they need to do something about that."

Ford has been credited for providing an inclusive work environment for gays and lesbians, and it was the only automaker to receive a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's corporate equality index in 2004 and 2005.
 

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"Ford said last week its Volvo brand would continue to advertise in gay publications."

Am I the only one who finds that really funny?
 

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Nathan Clarke said:
"Ford said last week its Volvo brand would continue to advertise in gay publications."

Am I the only one who finds that really funny?
Ever see a couple of guys fighting for the role of "soccer mom" and keys to the VOLVO wagon.... :rainfro: :gross_07:
 

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Sounds to me like anyone who affiliates themselves with the AFA truly has nothing better to do with their time. Christ the gay issue is so overbeaten I'm sure half the country is sick of hearing about it and could care less, but there are slimeballs out there who continue to group together and force their opinions on society because they haven't even got a concept of moral value. Boycotting Ford just because they have advertisements in gay publications? GET A LIFE AND STAY OUT OF OTHER PEOPLES' BUSINESS!!! If Ford wants to advertise in this or that because they think they can make money, who are they to stop them? What, you want them to wreak more havoc on the planet like the other corporations by finding other ways of saving or making money? Like cutting jobs? Jesus. I'm not too happy about GLAAD saying Ford should reinstate the ads just because AFA is being a bunch of pansies, either. Bravo to Ford saying Ford Motor Co. is the only group who has a say over Ford Motor Co. (and their shareholders, obviously).

/Rant.
 
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